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June 2011--Love Defined-Monthly Bible Study

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June 2011--Love Defined-Monthly Bible Study

Post  Admin on Mon 06 Jun 2011, 12:01

June 2011--Love Defined-Monthly Bible Study

Read this scripture:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

This is the Bible’s description of what LOVE is, let’s see what the dictionary defines love as well.

Love--a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Feelings of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. The benevolent affection of GOD for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.

For our studies we are going to take one verse at a time. We are going to examine ourselves and see if we really know Love. This Love test is to see if our definitions of Love in our lives will stand the test of Gods knowledge.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

Let’s see what we can learn about Love--see where we may be lacking and make it obedient to God if we are.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud:

Patient--bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.

I’m not sure about you, but I only looked at my own immediate family the people in my life that I Love, and see I am clearly lacking already. This is one area that I need to take captive those thoughts when they happen and make it obedient to God. It never fails I just sit down to have a cup of coffee and it starts “mom” can you do this or that. Not only does God want us to be patient, he wants us to do it not complaining.

Verdict for me: Guilty

Kind--of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane.

I try to be very kind and understanding, but depending on my mood I have failed here also.

Verdict for me: Guilty

Envy-- a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. Obsolete, ill will.

Envy can mean ill will as well as covetousness. Remember God says to love all people not just our immediate family or those in our lives. On that aspect I fail again. I have wished ill will on the young kid who stole my parking spot, etc.

Verdict for me: Guilty

Boast— to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself. To be proud in the possession.

To think more highly of yourself that you should, complain about your spouse to someone. Thinking you are right, they are wrong and saying so to others. That is a form of boasting, guilty again.

Verdict for me: Guilty

Proud-- Feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself. Of lofty dignity or distinction, stately, majestic, or magnificent.

Arrogant comes to my mind when I think of being proud. Guilty once again

Verdict for me: Guilty

Thank God for grace as I failed this part of the test and it was only the first verse. As I went through each part and examined myself I realized that there are many ways I need to take captive my thoughts and make them obedient to God. I also realized there are many ways to be proud, boastful, envious, kind and patient that I have never thought of before. Being a doer of God’s word is important as well as a listener. A fool hears the truth and then does not apply it to his/her own life. Be honest with your Love test this month and let the Word of God teach us to really Love!

Reminder of this month’s memory verse:

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 NIV

Listen to Proverbs 12 KJV

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15 KJV
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